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Jane Russell Passes Away

1940s and 1950s Pin-up Star Jane Russell passes away at 89.

By Jarrod Sarafin     February 28, 2011
Source: AP, Hollywood Reporter

Iconic Jane Russell publicity still for Howard Hughes' THE OUTLAW
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Jane Russell, whose voluptuous good looks won the attention of millionaire Howard Hughes and launched her on a movie career, died Monday of respiratory failure at her home in Santa Maria, Calif. She was 89.  Russell was in numerous production through her younger years and reached the pinnacle of her career with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), starring in the comedy with Marilyn Monroe.

During the 1970s, Russell was widely recognized as the spokesperson for Playtex bras, appearing in national TV commercials for the “Cross Your Heart” bra campaign.

Although best known for her figure, Russell showed a comic sensibility in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and again with Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955) and The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956). Nevertheless, most of her movie roles were designed around her towering physicality and frontal amplitude.

Although Russell made only a handful of films after the 1960s, she had remained active in her church, with charitable organizations and with a local singing group until her health began to decline just a couple weeks ago, said her daughter-in-law, Etta Waterfield.

“She always said I’m going to die in the saddle, I’m not going to sit at home and become an old woman,” Waterfield told The Associated Press. “And that’s exactly what she did, she died in the saddle.”

Thanks to Calibur454 for the submission.


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Calibur454 3/1/2011 4:13:13 AM

a true kind of sex symbol. Rip Jane.

I wish sex xymmbols were still defined like that- but nowadays you just need a good body and pretty much no talent at all. Show plenty of skin an act like an idot nowadays and you can be concidered a sex symbol ala the Snookie route

goldeneyez 3/1/2011 5:50:35 AM

Who voted Snookie a sex symbol?  She's a fame whore... it's different.

tiredjay 3/1/2011 6:16:11 AM

You can't blame Snooki for showing a lot of skin.  She just has a lot of it.

Calibur454 3/1/2011 6:36:24 AM

I agree that snooki isn't a sex symbol but plenty of people do think so otherwise she wouldnt be as popular. just trying to prove that the sex symbol of yesturday is much more different than today. and thats a sad thing to see

BunyonSnipe 3/1/2011 6:44:58 AM

Jane Russell the perfect Wonder Woman that never was...

She'll be missed!

lusiphur 3/1/2011 6:49:14 AM

 If that's the case Calibur, I'll take the Jane Russells and Maureen O'Haras of yesteryear.

RIP Ms. Russell.

McQuestion 3/1/2011 6:56:54 AM

 Russell was a sex symbol, Snooki and her ilk are walking ghonoerea factories. That is all.

avidfan 3/2/2011 11:26:29 AM

 Snookie is a bush pig. I would rather sleep with Jane Russell anyday, even today... RIP baby.

fenngibbon 3/2/2011 6:22:44 PM

 Good grief, yes; Jane Russell in her heyday would have been perfect as Wonder Woman.



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